The first step to overcoming entrepreneurial burnout is to acknowledge its presence and how it’s affecting your day-to-day life. Burnout is not always easy to spot – it’s a type of exhaustion that stems from continuous involvement in situations that are stressful or emotionally demanding. While it’s easy to counteract the fatigue and loss of productivity with a short-term solution (such as a vacation), you should also focus on solutions that will have a longer and greater impact. Let’s look at a few strategies that will help you avoid burnout and create lasting change:
Set Realistic Expectations
Having goals and expectations can help guide us in our daily lives and give us something to work toward. However, we can often set expectations for ourselves that we believe are reasonable but end up being unrealistic. We might set these expectations with the notion that we will have the same energy level throughout the day, or by comparing ourselves to what others can achieve in a day. To set expectations that will help you succeed, make them as realistic as possible. By actually achieving the expectations you set for yourself, it will give you the satisfaction and drive to continue being productive throughout the day.
Unplug or Reduce Screen Time
Our electronic devices are integral to the way we live and work. However, too much screen time without breaks can cause issues with sleeping, eyesight, posture and even mental health. Like anything else, screen time should be balanced with other activities. To achieve this, make an effort to participate in activities that don’t involve any screens or monitors. During your workday, consider doing some open awareness meditation. This can be done right at your desk without looking at your screen. During your personal time, step away from your phone, computer and television for a while and try starting a journal. You could start a stress journal to track what triggers stress, create a bullet journal to let your creativity flow, or a gratitude journal to improve your mental health.
Take Time To Recharge
Did you know that taking small breaks throughout the day can actually increase your productivity? Giving your mind and body time to recharge allows you to come back to your work with a fresh perspective and more energy, resulting in greater efficiency. In addition to taking small breaks, take time to recharge by drinking a glass of water, eating a healthy snack, or listening to energizing music. Energizing music has been shown to stimulate focus and creativity while also triggering the release of hormones, including dopamine and adrenaline, that help increase alertness.
Entrepreneurship can be challenging and stressful at times, so consider implementing a few of these tips to help lift and improve your entrepreneurial spirit. By setting realistic expectations, unplugging, and taking time to recharge you can fuel your motivation and drive. These small steps can give you the boost that you need to continue growing your business and achieving your goals.